Sunderland's Lynden Gooch boosts hopes of Premier League start with good USA debut

Lynden Gooch in action in Sunderland's win at QPR
Lynden Gooch in action in Sunderland's win at QPR
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Lynden Gooch has laid down a Premier League marker by impressing on the international stage.

The 20-year-old last night made his USA debut in Washington, where they drew 1-1 with New Zealand in a friendly.

America's head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sang the praises of the midfielder who he sent on for Kellyn Acosta on the hour.

“Lynden Gooch confirmed what we saw in training already," said the German, who included the ex-Santa Cruz Breakers star for the previous international in Cuba, where he was an unused sub.

“He’s fearless, he takes people on, very physical as well, doesn’t shy away from physicality.

"So there are a couple of things that we saw that we didn’t know before the camp.”

Gooch is not afraid to put himself about, as he showed in his brief time on the field last time out at the Stadium of Light where he was a late sub against West Brom.

It was his fifth appearance of the season in the top flight - having made his debut oin the opening weekend at Man City - and the seventh in total after starting the two EFL Cup ties.

The fact he has now taken his first steps in the international arena will have registered with boss David Moyes and the Sunderland coaching staff.

Given the injury issues in the midfield area - Jan Kirchhoff is out for two months and Lee Cattermole is struggling to be fit - Gooch has done his chances no harm at all.